It has been quite the season so far for the Washington Island Ferry, especially when it rides between the raindrops. The wet weather contributed to slower traffic on some days, but rider counts swung hard the opposite way when they were greeted with sunshine. Ferry President Hoyt Purinton says the recent warm temperatures and the start of the fall colors really bring people aboard.
Rain has actually been a blessing on some days according to Purinton, who says it helps knock down the fog and improve visibility. The Washington Island Ferry runs 11 roundtrips daily between now and October 27th before it cuts down that schedule in half. Its service to Rock Island ends on October 14th.